The Starbucks at the CIA headquarters is not allowed to take names for orders.
In order to obtain the vast amounts of titanium needed for the construction of the SR-71, the CIA created fake companies throughout the world to purchase the metal from the biggest supplier, the USSR.
Operation Northwoods is a plan that called for CIA to commit genuine acts of terrorism in U.S. cities and elsewhere. These acts of terrorism were to be blamed on Cuba in order to create public support for a war against that nation, which had recently become communist under Fidel Castro.
CIA agents in Milan botched an operation in 2003 because they gave hotels frequent flier numbers so they could earn miles during their stay in Milan.
Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, the CIA released nearly 12 million documents. One set of documents revealed research on the possibility that "insane" people may be experiencing multiple "levels of reality" and their brains can't process this information, leading to mental instability.
CIA's official motto is "And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."
The CIA once owned dummy corporation, "Air America," that operated as a civilian airline but was used to conduct military operations.
There has been an encrypted sculpture called "Kryptos" that is located on the grounds of the CIA headquarters since 1990 and has yet to be fully decrypted.
Danny Casolaro was an investigative journalist who was working to uncover a secret group controlling the CIA, White House, etc. Despite telling friends and family that if he is found dead, it wouldn't be a suicide, he was found dead after meeting with an unknown source.
With the aim of launching guerrilla operations against the Chinese, the CIA gave Dalai Lama $1.7 million a year in the 1960s.
In 2013, the CIA publicly acknowledged the existence of Area 51 for the first time.
In 1961 Belgians, with CIA involvement, ordered the murder of a democratically elected Prime Minister of Congo (Patrice Lumumba) who just wanted for the Congolese to regain the natural resources that were still under foreign control since the colonial times.
Economists have discovered that insider knowledge of top-secret CIA coups have been used to make huge financial profits.
The CIA's own inspector general (Gary Webb) reported that the Reagan administration thwarted federal investigations into drug crimes.
After George Orwell's death, the CIA secretly bought the rights to 1984 and Animal Farm and clandestinely produced the first film version of 1984 and the critically acclaimed animated film version of Animal Farm.
The Slim Shady album was used as an official torture tool by the CIA. Detainees were forced to listen to it.
The CIA deliberately let the KGB steal control software for a natural gas pipeline that had been modified to malfunction, causing one of the largest non-nuclear blasts ever recorded.
The CIA secretly pumped funds into abstract-expressionists, such as Jackson Pollack and Mark Rothko, in an attempt to make American freedom and expression art popular in contrast to rigid Soviet art.
In 1977, William Kampiles stole a top-secret KH-11 spy satellite manual from the CIA which he sold to the Russians for $3000. He then told the CIA for who he worked for and what he had done in the hopes that they would hire him as a double agent. They didn't and he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
In the early 1960s, the CIA coined the term 'Plausible Deniability' to describe the withholding of information from senior officials in order to protect them from repercussions in the event that illegal or unpopular activities by the CIA became public knowledge.
Project Coldfeet is a 1962 operation where two CIA operatives were airdropped onto an abandoned Soviet research station on an ice floe, retrieved information on advanced submarine detection systems, and were extracted via the Fulton Skyhook recovery system to a modified B-17.
CIA Operation Mongoose tried to kill Castro with exploding cigars, shells, poisoned wetsuits, milkshakes, a former lover; character assassination via thallium to make his beard fall out and LSD. Castro said, “If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal.”
During the 'Secret War', the CIA recruited 50% of the Hmong population to fight for the US in the Vietnam War. Afterwards, they were completely abandoned.
In a CIA program called "Operation Midnight Climax", prostitutes were enlisted by the CIA to lure men to 'safe houses' in San Francisco where they were administered LSD without their consent. CIA Agents would then watch them have sex with the prostitutes through 1-way mirrors.
The CIA uses Amazon cloud services to store sensitive data.
Several days before the invasion of Afghanistan, a CIA agent made an agreement with the military commander of the Taliban, to kill Osama Bin Laden and capture his top lieutenants. Before the plan could be carried out, the United States began its invasion.
The CIA hired a magician (John Mulholland) to train agents in sleight of hand techniques for use in their mickey-slipping LSD experiments.
The CIA used viagra to bribe Afghan tribal leaders. The Afghan chieftain offered up a bonanza of information about Taliban movements and supply routes followed by a request for more pills.
In 1962, the CIA tipped off South Africa's intelligence service about the location of Nelson Mandela, leading to his arrest that put him in jail for 27 years.
A CIA handbook taught torture methods and stressed the importance of psychological over physical torture. The threat of inflicting pain triggered fears more damaging than the pain itself because people often underestimated their capacity to withstand pain.
Operation Merlin where the CIA carried out a plan to send Iran flawed blueprints to a nuclear bomb in order to delay their nuclear program. They sent the blueprints by way of a defected Russian nuclear scientist who noticed the flaws and included proposed corrections to Iran.
In 2002, the CIA tortured Al-Qaeda terrorists by making them listen to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Central Intelligence Agency has a memorial wall at headquarters for employees who are killed while working for the US spy agency. Each year the CIA adds stars for deaths; some with names, some without. There are 125 stars as of 2017, eight more than in 2016 and 46 more than in 2002.
Heinrich Müller, chief of the Gestapo, is the most senior Nazi unaccounted for. The CIA was unable to track him after World War 2 because of his incredibly generic name (which translates to Henry Miller) and the fact that, unlike Heydrich and Himmler, he had remained anonymous to the public.
During Project Bluebird (a CIA project) researchers dosed over 7,000 U.S. military personnel with LSD, without their knowledge or consent. Years after the experiment, more than 1000 of these soldiers suffered from several illnesses, including depression and epilepsy. Many of them committed suicide.
The CIA's concern over soccer fields along the coast of Cuba led to the Cuban Missile Crisis. In September 1962, a CIA analyst noticed the fields and became concerned because, as he put it, "Cubans play baseball, Russians play soccer."
The Lun Ekranoplan was a 380-ton Russian super plane designed to fly low over the water at high speeds to destroy aircraft carriers. CIA analysts called it the Caspian Sea Monster.
The CIA, in South Vietnam, in a program called "Operation Phoenix," secretly, without trial, executed at least 20,000 civilians who were suspected of being members of the Communist Party.
Freeway Rick Ross was a cocaine kingpin in 1980's Los Angeles, at one point making 2-3 million dollars a week. The kicker? He was illiterate and his cocaine supplier was the CIA, who sold cocaine to illegally finance the Nicaraguan Contras.
In 1954, the CIA deposed a democratically elected Guatemalan president (Jacobo Árbenz) and replaced him with a dictator (Carlos Castillo Armas) to save investments in a banana company.